Emblems of the Infinite King: Enter the Knowledge of the Living God

By J. Ryan Lister, Illustrated by Anthony M. Benedetto

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Emblems of the Infinite King: Enter the Knowledge of the Living God

By J. Ryan Lister, Illustrated by Anthony M. Benedetto

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In an imaginative journey through the grand story of the universe, this book introduces kids ages 10+ to God’s radiant beauty using the main categories of systematic theology: God, humanity, sin, Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and last things. Full of captivating illustrated “emblems” meant to symbolize key facets of Christian doctrine, this unique book seeks to bring theological truths from words to life. The creative design combined with rich theology will challenge young readers to search God’s Word for important answers to big questions about themselves, God, and the gospel.


J. Ryan Lister

Ryan Lister (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of theology at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of The Presence of God and serves as director of doctrine and discipleship for Humble Beast, where he also helped start the Canvas Conference. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Chase, and their four children.


Anthony M. Benedetto

Anthony Benedetto is an award-winning illustrator, a designer, and the cofounder of Nova Nimbus, a creative studio in Portland, Oregon, which has worked with clients such as Adidas, Red Bull, and Humble Beast Records. He lives in northeast Portland with his wife and their 4 children.

Product Details

Category: Children & Youth
Format: Printed Caseside
Page Count: 184
Size: 8.0 in x 8.0 in
Weight: 25.12 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-6338-X
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-6338-6
ISBN-UPC: 9781433563386
Case Quantity: 20
Published: October 15, 2019

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Gift of the Keys

  1. The Throneroom Key: The Doctrine of God
  2. The Dust Key: The Doctrine of Humanity
  3. The Serpent Key: The Doctrine of Sin
  4. The Tomb Key: The Doctrine of Christ
  5. The Spirit Key: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
  6. The Gavel Key: The Doctrine of Salvation
  7. The Temple Key: The Doctrine of the Church
  8. The Throne Key: The Doctrine of Last Things

Conclusion: Open the Scroll


“When sound systematic theology is conveyed to kids in a vibrant and accessible way, it is a victory to be celebrated. Emblems of the Infinite King does this, and I enthusiastically recommend it!”
Randy Alcorn, author, Heaven; If God Is Good; and The Treasure Principle

Emblems of the Infinite King may be the coolest theology textbook the world has ever seen. But it’s not style at the expense of substance. Each lesson is concise, approachable, and packed with theological insight. The words and the illustrations work in tandem to communicate profound truth. For Christian parents, educators, youth pastors, and young people, this is an essential new resource.”
Brett McCracken, Senior Editor, The Gospel Coalition; author, The Wisdom Pyramid: Feeding Your Soul in a Post-Truth World

“It is probably the greatest challenge for an artist to visualize biblical teaching. To bring something true and beautiful to the point without falling into clichés and yet remain fresh and innovative is something that very few artists succeed in doing. Anthony Benedetto did just that with his illustrations for Emblems of the Infinite King. An extraordinary achievement that will help many young readers to get to know the true God of the Bible better.”
Peter Voth, designer; illustrator

“Benedetto’s iconic illustration style coupled with Lister’s immersive writing is a perfect pairing. This is a must-have for fans of both rich theology and beautiful illustration.”
Don Clark, artist; Cofounder, Invisible Creature

“In Emblems of the Infinite King, the author and illustrator have used beautiful words and pictures to tell of the beautiful triune God and the beautiful gospel. Here is a theological primer worth reading to your children, with your children, and for your children to read on their own.”
Ron Marrs, President, Portland Youth Workers Network; Professor of Youth and Pastoral Ministry, Western Seminary; Elder, Hinson Baptist Church

“As a father and educator, this work fills a void for the body of Christ. Lister and Benedetto combine theology with resplendent graphics to present the epic story of redemption in Christ. It is a masterful way of presenting the true, good, and beautiful to formative hearts and minds through the disciplines of biblical and systematic theology. Emblems of the Infinite King will become a seminal work for young theologians and a great handbook for parents and educators to pass on the faith to the next generation. This book keeps the good news of Jesus Christ as the central story of Scripture.”
Dan Peterson, Head of School, Regents School of Austin, Texas

Emblems of the Infinite King is a beautifully told and beautifully illustrated story that creatively guides you through the even more beautiful truths of God’s character and work in the world. It is a theology book that captures and captivates, just like the God it sets out to describe. This is a book I look forward to reading to my children and one that I will make sure is on their bedside table when they are older as well.”
Thomas J. Terry, Director, Humble Beast; member, Beautiful Eulogy; Lead Pastor, Trinity Church of Portland

“This book carries you into an ‘other than’ story experience, where you are immersed in a sense of fantasy and wonder, only to discover that it’s the story you are truly living with a King who is truly with you. It has captured my imagination and curiosity as a believer, reignited creative ways to communicate the truths of Scripture in my work as a pastor, and assisted me in my parenting as I help my children discover God. This book couples beautiful art with creative narrative to accomplish a wonderful unfolding of the doctrines our children so desperately need to learn.”
Justin R. Rahmes, Lead Pastor, Missio Dei Church, Cincinnati, Ohio

“This amazing book, written in a narrative style, is a grand adventure through rich and mysterious theological truths. Beautifully woven together, the writing and illustrations echo with an ancient mythology.”
John Hendrix, author and illustrator, Miracle Man and The Faithful Spy

Emblems of the Infinite King is an outstanding contribution to children’s Christian literature and will make an excellent addition to any family’s library. Grand theological topics are expounded on in a way that centers on the one who came to rescue those who could not rescue themselves. Divine truths are presented in ways that are accessible, appropriately weighty, deeply rooted in the gospel, and complemented with reverential illustrations that bring vivid attention to the sacredness of the message.”
Jared Pulliam, Founding Pastor, Christ Church Sellwood, Portland, Oregon

Emblems of the Infinite King is the invitation to an adventure—and not just any adventure, but the greatest journey anyone could ever embark upon: that of knowing and following the living God. Explaining systematic theology using a poetic narrative, this book wisely frames biblical theology as a breathtaking glimpse of heaven, earth, and the grand arc of all history. With captivating illustrations, it offers parents a way to introduce their kids to the core doctrines of Christian faith in a way that evokes awe and wonder. For adults and kids alike, Emblems of the Infinite King captures the imagination and proves a powerful reminder of the story we all need to continually be reminded of—the story of the good King who loves his creation dearly.”
Pip Craighead, author and illustrator, Little Francis Falls Asleep

Emblems of the Infinite King is systematic theology with a narrative approach that carefully weaves together the doctrines of the Christian faith, making sometimes abstract concepts palpable to young readers. Successfully peeling back layer by layer the heart and work of God in Christ, this book gives youth a firm foundation of who God is and who they are in relation to him. Paired with beautifully illustrated iconography, Emblems of the Infinite King gives clarity to the transcendent and illuminates the mystery.”
Nollan Obena, Art Director, Cartoon Network

"This book gives youth a firm foundation of who God is and who they are in relation to him. Paired with beautifully illustrated iconography, Emblems of the Infinite King gives clarity to the transcendent and illuminates the mystery.”

Nollan Obena

Art Director, Cartoon Network